Author Archives: Ben Alexander

Our health crisis could easily become a democracy crisis as well

The state of New York canceled its democratic primary on Monday, April 27. Officials cited the assured nature of the race now that Senator Bernie Sanders has dropped out along with concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. While this may seem like a reasonable step to take at first, it sets a dangerous precedent and invokes questions over how the coronavirus

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Bernie Sanders is the best option for a Democratic nominee

When I began writing this political analysis column, I explained that I believe in the fundamental equality of all people — and our government’s responsibility to protect and serve the public. I attempt to derive all my political decisions from this basic belief. In looking at the world around me, I am sorely disappointed by American society’s failure to adhere

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It’s time to challenge Prop 13 and stop giving corporations free tax breaks

How is it possible that Disneyland pays as little as 5 cents per square foot in property tax on many of its properties, one eighth of the average rate of California homeowners? Enter Prop 13. In 1978, voters passed a constitutional amendment that enacted a variety of limitations on taxation, with a specific focus on property taxes. The law requires

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Climate march shows dedication to cause, but more action is needed

Climate change is perhaps the most dire threat facing humanity to date, which is why it is imperative that we take real, substantial action. Simply raising awareness is not enough — true political change is necessary. Given the gravity of the threat of global warming, up to 40,000 protesters gathered in downtown San Francisco to protest political inaction on Friday,

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